Monday, May 22, 2006

Just Don't Do It

Oil-fueled prosperity meets medieval culture.
Under their modest flowing robes, two-thirds of Saudi women are too fat. They can try dieting, but you won't find many in aerobics classes or power-walking along this city's walking trails. And very few of their daughters attend schools that have physical education classes.

There are no laws against women exercising outside their homes, but in this conservative society many are influenced by scholars and clerics who argue against it.
Also, that's an interesting use of the term "conservative society".